Yesterday, I posted Part I of a storybook style short story I wrote for my Myths and Legends class, so as promised, here’s Part II!
After a few minutes, Toby returned with a lumpy parcel, which he placed on the prince’s lap. The Young Prince loved unwrapping parcels, but he was in no mood for surprises. He opened it hastily, to find a tan roll of a soft, thick material. He opened it to discover a bright green cloak.
“Toby,” he asked, “What is this?”
“It’s the Frog Cape. With it, you will be able to breathe easily in the thinnest of air or the heaviest of clouds,” Toby replied. “it will give you sticky hands to grip onto even the smoothest of walls. The Great Rains will slide off your back and you won’t slip on the wet ground. With this, you will be ready to face any challenge your journey may present.”
The Young Prince felt a surge of gratitude for his friend, but something was not right. “But, Toby? Aren’t you coming with me?” he asked. “I don’t know the way, and I need your help to find it.”
Toby was very afraid, but he had not considered that the Young Prince didn’t know where to go. He sat and thought for a moment, but finally replied.
“Young Prince, I will always protect you and I will never leave you to become lost. I will go with you on your quest.”
The Young Prince was overjoyed, and at that, he was ready to go. They didn’t have very much time, after all. The rains never lasted very long.
It did not take long to reach the Great White Gate, at which time Toby thought he would appeal to his friend one last time.
“Young Prince,” he whined, “Do we really have to take this dangerous journey? I am ever so afraid!”
“Toby,” the prince countered, “Have I ever let any harm befall you?”
“Well, no,” Toby replied.
“And have I ever let you let you down?” the Young Prince asked.
“I guess not,” Toby replied.
“And do you think I would ever desert you?”
“No. No, you wouldn’t, Young Prince,” Toby sighed.
With an air of finality, the Young Prince said, “Then let’s move along. I promise that I won’t let anything happen to you!”
And with a determined stride, he stepped through the Great White Gate. He looked back to Toby. “Well, come along, then!”